That's it? Nothing else? No family, friends, dreams or anything else gives meaning to your life? Just the worship of an invisible super being that may or may not even exist? You toss the entire enchilada that is your one and only life into a basket over some ancient medieval holy book written by ignorant goat herders and dust farmers who believed the world was flat and the earth was the center of the universe?
You do have the bible for reference that's how you know there is a God . And believe me there's a God he's helped me through a lot of bad times in my life.. Just start reading you're Bible and God will speak to you. Also it does have meaning to you're life with friends and family. Believing is a choice that God gives you.
If you pay any heed to what very old people will tell you, those who are dying, or the less barbaric and/or silly parts of many of the currently popular religions, or, for that matter, to the message of much that is great in time-tested literature, you'll notice that the bottom line seems to be roughly always the same:
People on their deathbeds reflect back on the people they have loved. They reflect on how they treated those people and typically wish they'd treated them better, appreciated them more, etc.
The only mention of God at that point is usually hope, expectation or fear, depending on one's disposition. Which one of those three it turns out to be for any individual is usually dictated by how that individual treated the people in their lives.
All people need people. Not all people need a god/spirit/magical entity.
It's a lovely article, and yeah, it pretty much hit the same theme. Which just goes to show, it really is an old, well-established idea. Everyone tries to complicate it. Wrap dogma around it. Build a following out of it. When it's really very simple and requires no church. Just be good to people, especially those who matter most to you. Because, in the end, that's what will give you peace. Not how rich you were, how powerful you were, or even how regularly you attended church, mosque or synagog.
The meaning of life, is that there is only a meaning one can attach to it. If I knew the meaning of life, I'd have to right 20 volumes just to graze the surface. The meaning would then, only be my perspective view of the the matter and would only be a meaning by concept.
It comes down to this, do Good to oneself and the people that matters most, doesn't it? In simple terms. Your book will be regarding how you can accomplish that, which is different for different people.
The meaning of life is different for everyone, no two are alike. The meaning of life is what you chose it to be. We all have our own reasons for the meaning of life. Its what you live for.
I live for my parents, my husband, my friends and so forth.
I treat people with respect and try to be a good person. And when opportunity arises I try to be better than I am.
Some people make it their mission to protect children, or animals. Some chose jobs that help others. Some chose to create art. Now just because art doesn't save anyone physically doesn't mean it is meaningless. Art uplifts the spirit, makes life fun and interesting.
So every aspect of what people chose to do has a purpose in life. Thank God for diversity. It is what sustains us, makes us stronger, and fortifies us.
So the meaning of life to me, is simple, it is whatever you chose it to be.
Exactly how can we supply a helpful respond to ‘what is the meaning of life’ without basically knowing how to clarify our less-than-ideally-behaved, seemingly-imperfect human condition? I found an article here that should present really good respond to our egocentric and aggressive self.
So. There's a thread open now, asking for believers only to chime in. I can respect that. But the thread creeps me out. Why does religion request that you see yourself as an unloveable dog? Could a God really create a...